Can You Fry Raw Chicken?


Last updated on September 23rd, 2022 at 04:22 am

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Fried chicken is a great comfort food. It’s one of those foods that makes you think of home, Sunday dinners with the family gathered around the table, and lazy summer afternoon picnics. 

Frying chicken is a quick and easy way to cook chicken. There are two different ways to fry chicken. You can choose to pan fry your chicken or you can deep fry it. 

If you’ve never fried chicken before you might be wondering if you need to cook chicken before you fry it or if you can fry it raw. 

There is no need to cook chicken before you fry it. Frying your raw chicken is how you will be cooking it.

When cooking the chicken (whether frying, baking, or grilling) you will always need to make sure that the internal temperature gets to 165F before you eat it. However, that can be done when you fry it as well. 

How Long Does It Take To Fry Raw Chicken?

There are so many ways that a person can cook chicken and they all take different time frames. Frying chicken is probably the fastest way to cook it and there are two different ways that you can fry chicken. 

You can deep fry your chicken or you can pan fry your chicken. 

If you are pan frying your chicken it will take approximately 10 to 12 minutes, depending on the size and cut of chicken you are frying. Deep-fat frying chicken will take anywhere between 6 minutes to 10 minutes of frying time. 

A chicken wing will not take as long to cook as the chicken breast will take no matter which frying method you use. 

The first thing that you want to do when you are frying chicken in a pan is to set up your workstation. You will need a frying pan, then a small dish with buttermilk, egg, water, another bowl with your flour and spices mixed together, some paper towels, a cooling rack, a baking sheet, and of course oil. 

You will need enough oil to fill your pan ¾ of an inch full. 

Turn your burner to a medium-high heat. You need the oil to reach a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oil is coming up to temp you will want to place the cooling rack inside the baking sheet. You will want to work with one piece of chicken at a time. 

Take a piece of chicken and dip it in the buttermilk mixture, allowing excess liquid to drip back into the bowl. Next you will run that piece of chicken through your flour mixture until it is completely covered, tap the excess flour off of the chicken. 

Once you have about 4 or 5 pieces of chicken coated you can carefully place them into the pan. 

You will want to fry your chicken until it reaches a nice golden-brown color, making sure to turn the chicken every 1 to 2 minutes so that it will cook evenly. While you are frying the chicken you will want to adjust the burner temperature accordingly to keep the oil between 300 and 325 degrees Fahrenheit. 

A chicken wing will cook through in about 10 minutes while a chicken breast should be finished in about 12 minutes. Using your meat thermometer in the thickest part of the piece of chicken you will want to make sure that it registers an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Use tongs to remove the chicken from the pan, allow the excess oil to drip off and then place the chicken on the rack that has been placed in the baking sheet. Continue this process until all of your chicken is cooked. 

When you are deep-fat frying chicken you need to make sure that your pieces of chicken are not too large. If the pieces of chicken are too large you might have difficulty with evenly cooking your chicken. The skin of your chicken could end up being overcooked while the inside of your chicken would be undercooked which could result in food poisoning. 

So it is best to work with smaller portions of chicken when deep frying. 

Many people will dip their chicken in a bread crumb coat when they are deep-frying their chicken. If you choose to go with this method you will want to allow your chicken to rest for 30 minutes to dry before you fry it. If you simply dip your chicken in a batter before frying then you do not need to wait before cooking it. 

You will need a deep pan and enough oil to fill the pan halfway (or a deep fryer appliance). With this method the chicken should be able to be covered with the oil. You do not need to constantly turn the chicken as you would with pan frying. 

The oil in the pan needs to be at a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit before you start to fry the chicken. Carefully place your chicken into the pan of oil. Allow the chicken to cook for 6 to 10 minutes until it is golden-brown and has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Remove the chicken from the pan and place it on a wire rack with paper towels to help absorb the excess oil. Repeat this with all the chicken until it is all cooked. 

You can place several pieces of chicken into the pan at a time, just make sure that you don’t overcrowd the chicken while it is cooking or let the oil temp drop too much. 

Can You Fry Already Cooked Chicken?

If you have chicken that has been previously cooked but you want to fry it, you can still do that. You can fry previously cooked chicken to heat it back up and make it taste good again. 

Maybe you picked up some baked chicken at the store but you are hungry for the crispy tenderness of fried chicken. You can still achieve this by frying your already cooked chicken. 

Frying cooked chicken is pretty similar to frying raw chicken. Cooked chicken no longer has all of its fat so you will need to make sure that you either coat it with a batter or dip it in a milk and egg mixture then some flour or breading before you fry it. 

You will need the same tools that you would want if you were frying raw chicken. A pan with oil for frying, a baking sheet with a cooling rack inside of it, one bowl for your batter if you are going with a batter dipped chicken, or two bowls for a milk and egg mixture then the other for your flour mixture or your breadcrumbs, and then you will need a pair of metal tongs. 

Once you have everything set up you can begin frying your chicken. 

If you are going to use a flour or breadcrumb mixture you will first dip your chicken into the milk and egg mixture then dredge it through either the flour or breadcrumbs before placing it into the frying pan. If you are going to use a batter all you need to do is dip your chicken into the batter and allow the excess batter to drip off of the piece of chicken before placing it into the frying pan. 

The oil in your frying pan needs to be kept at a temperature between 300 and 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure to turn your chicken often as it is cooking so that it will cook evenly. Since the chicken is already cooked it will only take about 3 to 4 minutes for each piece to warm up. 

Once the skin is golden-brown it is done, remove the chicken to the cooling rack and allow it to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

Hannah R.

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